Blog Posts by Anne T. Donahue

  • Jeff Daniels on "The Newsroom." (HBO)

    Has "The Newsroom" made you angry? Were its sexist overtones (e.g. "Women don't know how to use cell phones!") a little much? Were you offended at the overlaying sense of pretentiousness that seemed to define each episode? Were you shocked that Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) was still employed despite his inability to compromise with his coworkers?

    Then rest easier tonight, friends: creator Aaron Sorkin has apologized for everything.

    According to Buzzfeed, during the Tribeca Film Festival, Sorkin used interviewer Jon Favreau as a stand-in for the general public, and confronted the issues many critics have had about the series.

    Aaron Sorkin at the Tribeca festival on April 21. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

    "I'm going to let you stand in for everyone in the world, if you don't mind," he said. "I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with 'The Newsroom,' and I apologize and I'd like to start over. I think there's been a terrible misunderstanding. I did not set the show in the recent past in order to show the pros how it should've been done. I set the show in the recent past because I didn't want to make up fake news."

    Sorkin went on to admit that he just now feels like he's starting to learn how to write for 'The Newsroom,' and that despite looking back at the series "fondly and proudly," he wishes he could go back to the beginning and start again.

    Yikes. Those are some big words. But was the apology really necessary, even if you hate "The Newsroom" with the burning fire of a thousand suns? No, it wasn't.

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  • Just in time for Easter: Our 5 favourite TV Easter eggs

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    The Easter long weekend is here! But while the idea of a basket-toting bunny dropping chocolate all over the yard is lovely and charming, we'd prefer something else: Easter eggs of the TV variety. Fellow obsessives, you know what we're talking about: the little hints and surprises creators and writers drop into their episodes for eagle-eyed fans to discover. So in hopes that the mystical rabbit will hear our pleas and deliver us some wonderful TV, here are some of our favourite examples:

    "The Walking Dead" meets "Breaking Bad"

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    Both shows are two of the most successful in network AMC history, so it only makes sense for the two would cross paths in some capacity -- even if it's through a shot of Daryl (Norman Reedus) holding up a bag of his brother's drugs to reveal blue crystal meth. You know: the type of meth created by Walter and Jesse in "Breaking Bad."

    In fact, Hitfix has gone on to explain that we might find out the zombie outbreak is because of Blue Sky meth to begin with: Glenn

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  • Every Canadian that has ever appeared on 'Mad Men'

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    On Sunday night's "Mad Men" premiere, fans were greeted by a familiar face during Don's Draper's flight home from Los Angeles: Neve Campbell guest starred, playing a widow who engages in a minor flirtation with the now very sad and lonely (former) ad exec.

    While Campbell joins Linda Cardellini and Larisa Oleynik as '90s teen stars who've played roles on the series, she also represents another demographic: Canadian actors who have gotten their '60s on in the AMC drama.

    "You mean there are others?" You bet your sweet Canadian butt there are! But with more than six seasons of "Mad Men," it can be difficult to narrow down -- and that's why we've gone through every episode and tallied up every single Canadian to ever appear on the show. You're welcome, hosers.

    Troy Ruptash (Lieutenant Don Draper) -- Season 1, Episode 12
    From: Alberta
    Ruptash only appeared in one episode, but he had an important role, playing the original Don Draper -- you know, the man whose identity Dick Whitman stole

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  • 'Mad Men' returns April 13: Get caught up on where the characters left off

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     "Mad Men's" final season debuts on AMC on April 13, but a lot of TV has happened in a year, and it's understandable to have forgotten where everyone left off. So, before we enter season 7, here's our refresher course on where each character left off.

     Don Draper (Jon Hamm)AMC
    Things aren't looking so good for Don, especially since the end of last season saw daughter Sally walk in on a romantic tryst between Don and his married neighbour, Sylvia (Linda Cardellini). Plus, Donwas  asked to leave Sterling Cooper & Pryce after he openly admitted to being the son of a prostitute during an important meeting with Hershey's. In that same episode, he also passed out drunk, told Megan he would move them to L.A., then reneged the offer. Don starts out season 7 potentially unemployed, dealing with his alcoholism, and trying to repair his fractured relationship with Sally, who told him that he "disgusts" her. Yikes.

     Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss)AMC
    Peggy is, arguably, the new Don Draper. After the staff

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  • I Just Don’t Get It: How does Olivia Pope manage not to spill stuff on her white clothes?

    Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, never spilling anything on "Scandal." (ABC)

    ABC's "Scandal" is renowned for many things: scandal (duh), deceit, love, war, heartbreak, Motown music, American politics, twists, turns, conspiracies, viewers screaming "kiss kiss kiss!" at the TV, and perhaps most importantly, Olivia Pope's favourite colour: white.

    Spotless. (ABC)

    This is a woman who not only wears white, but looks great in it. And I'm not just talking copy paper white. I'm talking eggshell, cream, pearl, and ... other versions (I'm a writer, not an artist). But despite this revolving wardrobe of white, Olivia doesn't spill anything on it. Ever. Not even when she wore a silver-white dress to President Grant's birthday, saw him get shot, and went with him to the hospital, where there was literally blood everywhere. Me, I'm lucky not to get blood on myself while cutting a carrot. Olivia Pope waltzes through a crime scene and looks wedding-day appropriate.

    How?! In addition to the daily coffee consumed by Pope and Associates, Olivia drinks gallons of red wine (while wearing white and

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  • What we can learn from the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ backlash

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    It was quite a week for "How I Met Your Mother" fans. Emotions among viewers were all over the map: sadness, disappointment, resentment, anger, hope, and whatever it is they're feeling now. Probably grief.

    Many seemed to think that the series failed its characters and its fans. Despite nine years of growth, characters like Barney and Ted went back to their season 1 selves. After spending an entire season building up to Barney and Robin's wedding, we found out 20 minutes into the finale that they got divorced just three years later -- oh, and that Barney was once again cruising bars and chasing 20-year-olds as if nothing had changed. Not only that, but after her beautiful union with Ted, the Mother dies and her death is covered in less than a minute -- which is when we discovered the whole series was a set-up to justify Ted and Robin getting back together.

    Of course, not everyone felt betrayed. Vulture rounded up the best of the "How I Met Your Mother" defenders, who claimed that a

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  • Wil Wheaton returning to TV with ‘The Wil Wheaton Project’

    Wheaton as Wesley Crusher on "TNG," and the actor today. (Getty Images)

    Once upon a time, Wil Wheaton was just Beverly Crusher's bratty son on "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Today, though, he is the king of sci-fi knowledge and pop culture commentary. These skills will be demonstrated in Wheaton's upcoming Syfy series, tentatively titled "The Wil Wheaton Project," which will premiere in the U.S. in May. (As of yet, the show hasn't been picked up by any Canadian networks, but we're crossing our fingers that it's just a matter of time.)

    As described by Wheaton on his blog, the series will be a "weekly roundup of the things I love on television and on the Internet, with commentary and jokes, and the occasional visit from interesting people who make those things happen. It's sort of like 'Talk Soup' for geeks."So far, Syfy has greenlit 12 episodes, and Wheaton will host as well as work behind the scenes.

    Wheaton has come a long way since his years on "TNG." Baby boy Wesley Crusher was the bane of most viewers' existences. But his post-"TNG" life helped

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  • Watch a clip from Netflix's new season of 'Trailer Park Boys'

    Netflix just keeps impressing us. Case in point: they've picked up "Trailer Park Boys" for new episodes, coming exclusively to Netflix this fall. Hurray!

    We've waited a long time for the new adventures of Ricky (Robb Wells), Julian (John Paul Tremblay), and Bubbles (Mike Smith), and while autumn is a long way away, we have a sneak preview of the upcoming season of "Trailer Park Boys."

    Netflix

    Even better, Netflix will also host the upcoming "Trailer Park Boys" movie, "Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It," after its April 18 release.

    In the meantime, you can check out the movie poster released earlier this week. Luckily, we only have to wait a couple of more weeks to see the guys hit the big screen.

    Even better, the boys are taking over the Yahoo POP Instagram today, April 3! Click here to follow their Toronto exploits.

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  • ‘How I Met Your Mother’ is almost over, so let’s count down the 10 best episodes

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    The end is nigh. The final one-hour episode of "How I Met Your Mother" airs March 31, and we're sure to shed a tear or two as we say goodbye to Lily, Marshall, Robin, Barney, and Ted (though at least we'll finally get to see Ted meet his future wife!).

    But instead of being sad about it, let's remember the good times! In honour of the last nine seasons, we're counting down the ten best episodes of "How I Met Your Mother."

    10) "The Final Page, Parts 1 and 2" (season 8, episodes 11 and 12)

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    Also knows as "The one with the engagement between Robin and Barney." While Robin nearly fires Patrice because seeing her and Barney together is too difficult, Barney tells Ted he plans on proposing to Patrice.

    This leaves Ted in a predicament: does he tell Robin, despite being sworn to secrecy? Yes, he does. And while Robin is briefly tempted not to chase Barney to the top of the WWN building to prevent said engagement, she concedes and finds him waiting there for her -- because it was all a ruse so

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  • '24: Live Another Day': The first full-length trailer is here!

    The time has come, "24" fans. After a long four-year wait since the series went off the air, the full-length trailer for "24: Live Another Day" is finally here.

    And yes, franchise loyalists, it's everything you'd want it to be and more.

    As you can see in the clip, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is back on the grid (despite being a fugitive), and he's assumed to be a threat to the U.S. President now that he's turned up in London (where the President is). But, as is the Jack Bauer way, he's the only person can actually save the President -- and the free world as we know it, since someone, somewhere is set to launch a full scale attack.

    A double episode will launch it on Monday, May 5 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox, and the rest will air at 9 p.m. ET over the following 10 weeks.

    But May 5 still seems like a long way away -- likely because there's a whole month between now and then. So, to make time pass quicker, we've come up with a "24: Live Another Day" trailer drinking game. One you can play

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